Wunderman Thompson HSBC F1

HSBC brings the excitement of F1 to the baggage carousel

Created by Wunderman Thompson, the campaign is part of C4's sponsorship of F1

By Creative Salon

HSBC UK has launched idents, created by Wunderman Thompson, to mark its takeover of the sponsorship of Channel 4’s Formula 1 coverage.

The sponsorship deal will see HSBC UK’s idents across 23 race weekends throughout 2023, with qualifying for the first race taking place in Bahrain on March 4.

The sponsorship idents, created by integrated marketing agency Wunderman Thompson UK, will remind viewers of HSBC’s position as one of the world’s leading international banks by turning the normally uneventful scene of an airport baggage carousel into a Formula 1 track. Each ident, directed by Guy Manwaring from Merman, transforms the luggage into Formula 1 cars, and to help bring the sponsorship to life even further, Channel 4 commentator Alex Jacques and former racing driver David Coulthard feature within the idents.

The sponsorship deal, brokered by Omnicom Media Group’s PHD, will run from March to November. The idents will be structured like a Formula 1 race, with the opening 15” spot featuring the start of the race, the 5” bumpers featuring quick scenes that happen during race time, and the final 10” spot showing the finish line.

Mike Watson, Creative Director at Wunderman Thompson UK, said: “HSBC and Formula 1® are both revered international brands. To promote the UK bank’s sponsorship of Channel 4’s coverage of F1, we brought the high-octane energy of the races to the leisurely and ubiquitous setting of the airport luggage carousel. The humorous juxtaposition of the frantic race commentary over the slow-moving luggage creates a set of witty idents that will cut through in the ad break.”

Becky Moffat, CMO at HSBC UK said: “We’re really excited to be partnering with Channel 4 for their coverage of the 2023 Formula 1 season. This sponsorship perfectly aligns to our purpose as an organisation, using our global connections to open up opportunities for our customers in the UK, and we can’t wait to see our partnership come to life whilst we watch what should be a thrilling season of F1 on Channel 4”

Campaign credits:

Wunderman Thompson

Creative Director: Mike Watson

Senior Art Director: Simon Sworn

Senior Copywriter: Sheridan Lord

Business Director: Laura Kelly

Account Director: Madeleine Webb

Senior Account Manager: Max Cain

Account Manager: Luke Taylor

Junior producer: Millie Greenwood

Senior Strategist: Jonny Park

Production company: Merman

Director: Guy Manwaring

Producer: Jess Ensor

Executive Producer: Siobhan Murphy

DOP: Matthew Emvin Taylor

Editor: Charlie Moreton @ Work Editorial

Post-production: Selected Works

Post producer: Katie Sharpe & Libby Gandhi

Colourist: Lasse Selvi

Sound: James Utting @ Factory

Sound producer: Beth Massey

Media agency: PHD


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